AB de Villiers silently announced his retirement from international cricket much to the surprise of cricket fans world over. He retires with some outstanding numbers across all formats of the game, with 8765 runs in 114 Tests, 9577 runs in 228 ODIs and 1672 runs in 78 T20Is.
The biggest moment of his career was when he took his team to the 2015 semifinals before being crashed out of the campaign after they lost to New Zealand.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly wished De Villiers in a very unique way to mark the end of his stellar career. Just before the start of the Eliminator between KKR and RR yesterday, Dada's message was flashed on the giant screen of the Eden Gardens where he congratulated De Villiers for an outstanding career.
It said, "Well done AB de Villiers for your contribution to world cricket. The game will remember you forever, you have been a champion player." Ganguly's former teammates Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag also paid tribute to the departing de Villiers, posting their wishes on Twitter and praising him for his contributions."
AB de Villiers in a special video message revealed his decision to retire from the game citing his own personal reasons. The South African superstar did so by posting a video on Twitter, where he explained the rationale behind his decision. "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect. After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired," he said.He added, "It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years."